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Combine the elegance of the classic Mariner's Compass block with the up-to-the-minute technique of fussy cutting for dramatic results! Transform those fabulous fabrics into mesmerizing home décor, wallhangings, and quilts. Three sizes of Mariner's Compass blocks are provided 12', 18', and 30' with clear instructions on drafting your own. Step-by-step assembly photos clearly illustrate the sewing process. This is piecing at its best, with no paper foundation to remove. Fabric selection guidance is provided with plenty of samples to show you the best fabrics to choose. Learn how to set the circular compasses into the background fabric for the finishing touch. Ann Lainhart describes herself as a contemporary traditionalist who loves giving traditional blocks a modern twist with her fabric selection and techniques. A quilter since 1978, pattern designer, teacher, and award-winner, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her instructions. Ann lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
|Number of Pages||80|
|Number of Illustrations||103|
|Dimensions||8.50" x 11.00" x .30"|
|Publisher||American Quilter's Society|
- Made a Believer Out of Me — Review by Dawn Goldsmith
Lainhart explains that the best materials for her “fussy-cut Mariner’s Compass must have a symmetrical design: that is, the printed motifs need to reflect one another in mirror image on each side of a center line” – real or imagined. And the fabric should have these symmetrical designs repeat. She offers examples of what can be taken from one piece of fabric and how to find the best positions for fussy cutting.
I particularly appreciated her Florentine Compasses quilt in which she features four Mariner’s Compass patterns cut from the same fabric, but the pieces are fussy cut from different parts of the fabric pattern. A great example of what a difference positioning can make. And, for someone who hates to waste fabric, it show me a judicious use of fabric.
The author devotes Chapter 2 to Drafting Mariner’s Compass. Most of her blocks are one of three sizes: “a 16-point Compass with two rows of points that finishes 12-inches in diameter; a 32-point Compass with three rows of point that finishes 18-inches in diameter; or a 48-point Compass with three rows of points that finishes 30-inches in diameter.”
Shades of my high school geometry class! Yet she insists that her method requires little math. Her encouragement gets me past the math angst. I move to her tips on preparing templates and the step-by-step block construction of Chapter 3. I’m encouraged that she teaches this technique to classes and her students find success with their own creations.
She emphasizes contrast in the various points, and gives valuable advice for piecing the blocks and finishing the compass. If you notice, the compass lies within a circle – not the easiest piecing project, but she helps with that, too. And even adds instructions for fussy cut backgrounds.
The book includes high-quality four-color photos of the author’s work as well as clear and concise graphics and directions. No crowding in this book. As with other AQS publications, there is a nice balance of white space and quality printing on glossy substantial pages. It almost passes for an art book and would look good on the coffee table. (Posted on 3/25/09)